Local Licks Spotlight: Sugarush

Sugarush Red Bank NJ

The Local Licks Spotlight features interviews with local business owners in the food industry. For this edition, I interviewed Chris Paseka who co-owns Sugarush along with Jesse Bello-Paseka. Sugarush opened in December 2010 and is located in Red Bank. The shop features a variety of sugary confections, such as cupcakes, custom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops,…

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Creamy White Bean Soup

Creamy White Bean Soup

With all of this cold winter weather, I have been trying out a bunch of new soup recipes. On top of that, I still have a lot of beans from my recent canned goods escapade (see the recipe for Lemon-Parmesan Chick Pea Salad and you will know what I am talking about). OK, so back to…

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Garlic-Herb Turkey Meatloaf

Garlic Herb Turkey Meatloaf

“This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had!” is what Greg declared the other night at dinner when I served up this Garlic-Herb Turkey Meatloaf paired with Rosemary Mushroom Gravy. “It tastes like Salisbury steak,” he added (although neither the meatloaf nor the gravy contained any beef). Aside from creating a delicious turkey substitution to a traditional…

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Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love blue cheese dressing! The problem is that when you go to purchase blue cheese dressing at the grocery store, many times there are added ingredients and preservatives, such as MSG, that you just don’t want in your dressing. The easiest way to fix this problem is…

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A+ Macaroni Salad

A+ Macaroni Salad

I must start by telling you that this is the macaroni salad recipe of my childhood. My father has been making this macaroni salad the same way since I can remember. What’s different about this recipe is that unlike traditional macaroni salad, there’s no celery or onion or bell pepper. The only veggie here is…

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Ricotta Cheese Mixture

Ricotta Cheese Mixture

I make this ricotta cheese mixture for all of my Italian baked dishes – lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti, stuffed shells. In fact, I’ve been making it the same way since I learned how to cook from my father as a little girl. This mixture is so simple to make, yet it adds a tremendous amount of…

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Baked Balsamic Bruschetta

Baked Balsamic Bruschetta

You might be wondering why we chose to bake this bruschetta since most bruschetta consist of a raw tomato blend that tops bread that has already been toasted. Well for starters, the toasted Parmesan cheese is D-LICIOUS! Aside from that, Greg isn’t a fan of raw tomatoes. Or raw garlic. Or raw onions…. Sooooo….not only…

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Lemon-Parmesan Chick Pea Salad

Lemon Parmesan Chick Pea Salad

Where we live, there is a local grocery store that has a major sale on canned goods twice a year. Although I do not hoard anything (I am the anti-hoarder), I became so obsessed with the sale this year, I stockpiled so many cans of beans, my husband created a bean pyramid in our kitchen….

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